Letters from the Editor

From the desk of Seabring Davis 


Letter from the Editor: Evolving Home

Home 2012       Written By Seabring Davis       Photography By Audrey Hall      

To showcase some of the best architecture and design in the Northern Rockies we begin the search early in the year. Conversations with architectural firms, general contractors and interior designers…

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Letter from the Editor: The Secret Weapon

Fly Fishing 2010       Written By Seabring Davis      

Before I was old enough to understand obsession, my grandfather was passing on his love of fly fishing to me. He’d talk, as much to himself as to me, about his…

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Letter from the Editor: Design Trends

Home 2013       Written By Seabring Davis      

There was a time when just the mention of living in the Rocky Mountains conjured up one image of home: the log cabin. Today that image has been upgraded. A…

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From the Editor: Nostalgia and Adventure

Fall 2016       Written By Allen Morris Jones      

Fall in Montana. It’s possible, at other times of the year, to imagine that better lives are being lived elsewhere. In May, when snowdrifts still clog the high trails and runoff has…

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Letter from the Editor: Waiting for Summer

Summer 2012       Written By Seabring Davis      

When you live in the Northern Rockies, waiting for summer is like starting a new romance. Fickle, teasing, unpredictable. The anticipation. The drama. The thrill of the unexpected. It’s all…

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From the Editor: Seasons of Simplicity

Winter 2015       Written By Seabring Davis      

When I think of winter, minimalism is not what comes to mind. It’s the season we are weighed down with layers (a wicking base layer, fleece, down vest, Gortex shell,…

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Letter from the Editor: Blending Seasons

Spring & Summer 2009       Written By Seabring Davis      

It makes sense that our spring and summer issues are combined this year. The two seasons run into each other anyway, marking a steady awakening that begins in April and…

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From the Editor: Hit the Road

Summer 2015       Written By Seabring Davis      

Spring came early to the Northern Rockies this year. Mud season was just a blur, the rainy days were short and few, while the flowers and the trees quickened to…

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Letter from the Editor: A Tradition of Talent

Arts 2014       Written By Seabring Davis      

In this year’s Arts issue, I’m humbled to feature these artists all under one cover: Kevin Red Star, Ted Waddell, Jim Wilcox, T. Allen Lawson, Jessica Zemsky and Jack Hines.…

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Letter from the Editor: What is art?

Arts 2012       Written By Seabring Davis      

Art can be decorative, transformative, influential. It can teach us to be observant, to preserve or revere the things we love, even memorialize a place or a moment in time. Art…

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Letter from the Editor: Arts Economy

Arts 2013       Written By Seabring Davis       Written By Jennifer Olsson      

The phrase "starving artist" is so deeply embedded in our vernacular that it’s a challenge to connect to the idea of the arts as an economic engine. Yet, an updated…

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From the Editor: Generosity

Summer 2016       Written By Allen Morris Jones      

Summer arrives to the Northern Rockies with its own kind of relief. There should be a word for it. That long, long exhalation. February, March, April. Then … whew. You’ve had your skiing…

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Letter from the Editor: Winter’s Toll

Winter 2012       Written By Seabring Davis      

For some of us, winter's toll sounds when it’s time to collect firewood and stack it high. Others say it’s when first snow tips the mountains white. A few mark…

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Letter from the Editor: Talking Art

Arts 2011       Written By Seabring Davis      

Art is a conversation.  Think about it. An artist is an interpreter who understands the language of his/her subject, a dialect not commonly known to the rest of us. We…

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Letter from the Editor: A Thing of Beauty

Home 2010      

Each year the annual HOME issue provides a chance to reflect on the beauty of our built environment in the Northern Rockies. It’s an opportunity to showcase the design innovation…

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Letter from the Editor: Season of Possibility

Summer 2010       Written By Seabring Davis      

Even as the snow flies still in May and June — my kids report that they’ve been sledding at school, friends recount stories of hiking in the Bridger Mountains and skiing…

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Letter from the Editor: Signs of Summer

Summer 2013       Written By Seabring Davis      

In Livingston, Montana, the first sign of summer isn’t marked by birdsong, short-shorts or the inevitable buzz of lawnmowers. Summer is here when the drift boats and rafts roll out…

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Letter from the Editor: Winter Wave

Winter 2009       Written By Seabring Davis      

ON THE WINDING ROAD ROAD SOUTH OF MY HOUSE I have come to recognize the colors of each season. The ebb and flow is marked by high, green fields of alfalfa…

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Letter from the Editor: Like an Open Road

Arts 2009       Written By Seabring Davis      

In parts of the Northern Rockies the road stretches out like an endless ribbon into the big empty beauty. It’s a landscape often dismissed for its austerity, but in fact, once…

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Letter from the Editor: Up Close and Personal

Home 2011       Written By Seabring Davis      

There is nothing more personal than a home. It’s a reflection of taste, life priorities, sometimes wealth and most often personality. Each fall we focus on the best and brightest…

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Editor’s Note: Finding An Audience

Arts 2016       Written By Allen Morris Jones      

Growing up, I watched my father, the sculptor Burl Jones, make wildlife. He’d start with an armature. Coarse blocks of foam that he shaped and pared down with a kitchen knife. Heavy-gauge wire…

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Letter from the Editor: Forging Ahead

Home 2009       Written By Seabring Davis       Photography By Gordon Gregory      

The beautiful thing about living out West is the pioneering spirit that continues to thrive in our culture. I see it in the architecture of the Northern Rockies most evidently;…

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Editor’s Letter: The Passing Season

Fall 2015       Written By Seabring Davis      

Living in the Northern Rockies for more than half my life, I’ve noted that there is more to the seasons than simply spring, summer, autumn and winter. Times of year aren’t solely marked…

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Letter from the Editor: Falling Short

Fall 2013       Written By Seabring Davis      

Whenever I think autumn, all my senses are engaged. I feel the cool morning air on my face. The softened sun alights the end of season leaves. The breeze brings…

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Letter from the Editor: Cast Again

Fly Fishing 2015       Written By Seabring Davis      

At best I am a beginner fly fisher. I don’t plan my outings to the Yellowstone to coincide with the hatch. I don’t cancel dinner plans because the fishing is good. I…

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Letter from the Editor: The Angler’s Sojourn

Fly Fishing 2014       Written By Seabring Davis      

Reading through the articles in our annual Fly Fishing issue, I’m reminded of my own daughter’s summer adventure with her godfather, an angler of considerable note in these parts. At…

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Letter from the Editor: I Know Where the Fish Are

Fly Fishing 2012       Written By Seabring Davis      

In late September my husband and I made a date for our anniversary. “Dinner?” he suggested. “And snorkeling,” I said. He raised his eyebrows questioningly, but called the restaurant for…

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Letter from the Editor: The Language of Fishing

Fly Fishing 2009       Written By Seabring Davis      

Walking my usual trail near the Yellowstone River in late November, I looked out to the mountains and said goodbye to fishing for the year. The fall colors were gone…

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Letter from the Editor: How Big is Your Bucket

Winter 2010       Written By Seabring Davis      

Outside the window several inches of heavy snow have turned the Gallatin Valley into a winter wonderland. The white stuff is a blanket of promise at the start of this…

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Letter from the Editor: Why Art?

Arts 2010       Written By Seabring Davis       Photography By Audrey Hall      

Every year we focus this one issue on the arts to honor the abundance of talent in our region. The Artist of the West column is a regular feature in the…

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Letter from the Editor: Fly Fishing for the Greater Good

Fly Fishing 2011       Written By Seabring Davis      

When I was a cocky teenager in Casper, Wyoming, no one ever talked about fly fishing on the North Platte River. For a time I lived across the street from…

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Letter from the Editor: Big Sky Country

Summer 2011       Written By Seabring Davis      

Life in the Northern Rockies is at its best in the summer. It’s when this region, Montana specifically, fulfills all the glorious superlatives spoken of Big Sky Country. The days…

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Letter from the Editor: First Frost

Winter 2013       Written By Seabring Davis      

First frost comes on like regret. I stand in the tall grass that is hardened with an icebox layer of frozen crystals and notice the sun comes up so late…

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From the Editor: The Art of Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing 2017       Written By Allen Morris Jones      

Fly fishing, among its many other virtues, tends to take place in scenery. Maybe that’s part of why we started fishing in the first place. Good set design and a…

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Letter from the Editor: First Snow

Winter 2011       Written By Seabring Davis      

With first snow comes a hush. The wind calms. The birds have stopped their chattering. The landscape seems to settle into quiet that will blanket these hills for the coming…

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From the Editor

Arts 2015       Written By Seabring Davis      

The annual arts issue is always a tricky edition for our staff to produce. There are so many artists to consider and so many whose work merits coverage. Ultimately it begs the subjective debate:…

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Letter from the Editor: Staying Power

Fly Fishing 2013       Photography By Dale Spartas       Written By Seabring Davis      

Since 1994, Big Sky Journal has been showcasing the Northern Rockies with unique insight and artfulness. It started with a couple of guys — founding publisher Jeff Wetmore and editor David McCumber…

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Letter from the Editor: Winter Reflection

Winter 2014       Written By Seabring Davis      

Inevitably, with the onset of winter, comes reflection.  Short days, long nights. For me the season spurs an appraisal of the past year. Before the snow flies there is a…

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